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Installing Linux Directly to Hard Drive
Posted September 18th, 2010 - 10:54 pm from London, England
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Posted September 19th, 2010 - 3:27 am by from Cottage Grove, United States (Permalink)
With enough time and determination, anything is possible. I just don't know if I'd bother with that old of a machine.

I put Mint 7 on my wife's old HP a year ago and it runs fine especially for browsing the web. It has 1 gig of RAM, but if you want it to do any type of work (photo editing for example) it will make the screen gray out.

Try the Jolicloud OS you were telling me about. It looks easy enough to do

Posted September 20th, 2010 - 12:18 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Removing the hard drive and installing on another computer is definitely an option — Linux usually autodetects your hardware every time when you boot up, so it's perfectly doable to install on one computer and then run it on another.

However, IMHO the computer you're describing is way too old to be worth the pain....

Posted September 20th, 2010 - 12:42 am from London, England
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Posted September 20th, 2010 - 6:39 am by from Cottage Grove, United States (Permalink)
Ironically, I am sitting at my desk right now when I should be sleeping, trying to get my old hard drive from my main tower into a new tower. I went from a quad core AMD 64 to a Pentium dual core (don't ask me all the particulars now) only to find that it is not booting.

So much for putting an old drive into a new tower.

I wonder if it should be an AMD processor like before?

Any ideas?

Sorry Diamond, not trying to take away from your message here.

Posted October 20th, 2010 - 8:21 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Ubuntu's philosophy is, that you can put your harddisk in another computer and the system should be able to adapt to that.
However, AMD64 and Pentium are two different computer architectures, which both require their own system. I'm emphasizing the difference in 64 bit vs. 32 bit here not Intel vs. AMD.

You can run a 32 bit system on a 64 bit machine/architecture, NOT the other way around.

So if you installed the 64bit version on you AMD machine, you'll have to get the 32 bit version of Ubuntu for your pentium (if it's not a 64 bit system).

Posted September 20th, 2010 - 8:30 am from Kaunas, Lithuania
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